Three People Dead After Hostage Situation in Salem, Oregon

BRIAN HAYES / STATESMAN JOURNAL

Three people are dead, including an 11-year-old boy and a 24-year-old, following a hostage situation Monday in an east Salem home. 

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy was also placed on leave after firing a “yet to be determined number of rounds,” Oregon State Police officials said. Authorities have declined to say if any of those dead were shot by the involved-deputy.

Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a “possible hostage situation” at about 12:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Juneva Place SE, near Mahrt Avenue SE, officials said.

Deputies arrived at the home and Sheriff’s Office negotiators called the suspect, identified as Jose Jesus Lopez-Tinoco, 34, of Woodburn, in an attempt to resolve the situation peacefully.

Authorities heard gunshots inside and deputies “forced entry” into the home to try to rescue any victims.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Salem Statesman Journal, Virginia Barreda